Manufacturing in Southeast Brabant is flourishing, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), with a 12% share of Dutch industrial added value – the biggest in the country.
Added value is the most important measure of an industry’s contribution to the economy. The west Netherlands had typically held the largest share but was overtaken by the southern Netherlands by 2016. The south currently contributes 36.6%, with Noord-Brabant alone providing 27.3%.
The machinery sector is doing especially well due to its increasing importance on a national level, boosting the region’s development. Currently the only larger sectors are the food and beverage industry and pharmaceuticals.
Southeast Brabant’s economic progress has previously been evidenced in figures from older CBS reports.
Translation: Nicola W